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One of Houston’s most acclaimed hot dog purveyors has found a new home. Yoyo’s Hot Dog will begin operating at 8th Wonder Distillery in EaDo beginning this Thursday, March 9.

Known for its elaborately topped hot dogs that draw lines of an hour or more, Yoyo’s operated in Rice Village for more than a decade. When the hot dog cart lost its lease at the end of January, its owners began the search for a new place to operate.

Matt Marcus, 8th Wonder’s event coordinator and culinary director, tells CultureMap that he contacted Yoyo’s about coming to EaDo. They settled on 8th Wonder’s distillery and cannabis dispensary at 2201 Dallas St., because it stays open later than the brewery.

“I’ve been a huge fan of theirs,” Marcus says. “When I saw they were getting kicked out, I reached out to them.”

Yoyo’s co-owner Kevin Dang says he and partner Danny Kim (aka, Yoyo) heard from a number of interested venues, but that Marcus’ status as a former food truck owner helped persuade them to give 8th Wonder a try. He thinks the new neighborhood will appeal to Yoyo’s regulars, too.

“I like the EaDo area a lot. It’s an up-and-coming area that’s popular with the younger crowd,” Deng says. “Our customers liked Rice Village, because it had ample parking and was safe. I get the same vibe with EaDo.”

For now, Yoyo’s will operate with the same hours it did in Rice Village — Thursday-Saturday from 8 pm - 3 am. That could change depending on customer feedback or the rhythms of the new neighborhood.

“I was in EaDo on Sunday,” Deng says. “I realized they have a huge block party at Chapman and Kirby. I’m considering adding Sunday to the mix as well, mainly for that crowd.”

As for the hot dogs themselves, Yoyo’s distinguishes itself from a backyard frank in a number of ways. The oversized, all-beef dogs are griddled and butterflied to better hold all the toppings. A layer of cream cheese gets applied to the toasted bun. Then, the dogs are topped with caramelized onions, crispy fried onions, and Yoyo’s signature sriracha and honey mayo. Best of all, diners watch the process happen right in front of their eyes.

“We do happen to sell hot dogs, but really what we sell is customer experience,” Deng says. “Whenever you see us prepare the food, you see it right in front of you. There’s no kitchen in the back. They see us pull the ingredients, cook it, assemble it, and sauce it.”

Marcus, a classically trained chef who consulted for James Coney Island several years ago, affirms that the Yoyo’s dog lives up to its reputation.

“It’s a good, greasy thing that will be great for our patrons,” Marcus says. “It’s going to help the whole neighborhood as far as the late night crowd around us.”

Putting hot dogs in close proximity to 8th Wonder Dispensary’s legal cannabis products could be an ideal pairing.

“Hot dogs and cannabis — they’re perfect,” he says.

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CultureMap Emails are Awesome

Meet the gifted chef showcasing authentic, home-grown Greek fare to Houston, plus hottest food news

What's Eric Eating Episode 285

On this week's episode of "What's Eric Eating," chef Mary Cuclis joins CultureMap food editor Eric Sandler to discuss Kriti Kitchen. The Pondicheri veteran opened the family-friendly Greek restaurant in January.

The conversation begins with Cuclis explaining how she entered the world of professional cooking. Prior to opening Kriti Kitchen, she trained at Bo Innovation, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Hong Kong, and spent 10 years working for James Beard Award finalist Anita Jaisinghani at Pondicheri, the acclaimed, Indian-inspired restaurant in Upper Kirby.

At Kriti Kitchen, she honors her Greek heritage by serving dishes she's experienced when visiting family in Greece. Sandler asks her about the ways in which her cooking is different from Houston's other Greek restaurants.

"A lot of the Greek food I found in Houston was very delicious but very much street food. The kind of food I'm wanting to portray is more homestyle, things that I eat with my relatives," she says.

"For example, when you go to a taverna in Crete, a lot of times it's a couple running the whole thing. They invite you back into the kitchen to smell the stew. It's stewed meat and a lot of fresh vegetables with beans and lentils. I don't think too many people see that side of Greek food. I wanted to share a little bit of what I see with my family and what we eat when we're there."

Listen to the full interview to hear Cuclis explain why Kriti Kitchen offers both dine-in options during the day as well as heat-and-serve options that customers can pick up for dinner. She also discusses her goals for the future.

Prior to the interview, Sandler and co-host Rebecca Masson, chef-owner of Fluff Bake Bar, discuss the news of the week. Their topics include: Nobie's owners Martin and Sara Stayer's plans to open a new pizzeria; Roswell's Saloon opening in Montrose; New York City's Lady M establishing a permanent presence in the Galleria; and Masson's experiences during Austin's Hot Luck food festival.

In the restaurants of the week segment, Sandler and Masson share their thoughts about meals at two new Italian restaurants. First, they recount the highs and lows of a meal at Triola's Kitchen. Then, they share first impressions of Bari Ristorante, a new restaurant in River Oaks District that serves classic Italian dishes.

Mary Cuclis Kriti Kitchen

Photo by Ajna Jai

Chef Mary Cuclis is this week's guest.


Subscribe to "What's Eric Eating" on Apple podcasts, Google Play, or Spotify. Listen to it Saturdays at 2 pm on ESPN 97.5.

Famed luxury shoe brand Jimmy Choo steps into Houston with stylish boutique in first outlet locale


Local favorite Houston Premium Outletshas exciting news for fashion-forward and price-conscious shoppers. The renowned luxury brand Jimmy Choo has recently opened its doors, bringing its signature high-end styles and accessories to Houston.

Shoppers will be delighted to find an extensive range of Jimmy Choo's coveted collection, including trendy shoes, chic bags, stylish eyewear, cute small leather goods, and other must-have accessories.

The luxury footwear brand hit the scene in the 1990s and quickly became a favorite of Princess Diana. Carrie Bradshaw and Sex in the City catapulted the shoe to a household name and the shoes became synonymous with femininity and luxury.

With more than 200 stores worldwide, Jimmy Choo is no stranger to the fashion scene. However, this outlet store marks its first in Houston, making its elevated shopping experience more accessible to a broader array of discerning buyers.

Savvy Houston shoppers will be thrilled to find top-notch designer pieces at prices that won't break the bank. Jimmy Choo joins other luxury brands at Houston Premium Outlets, such as Armani Outlet, Burberry, Tory Burch, Coach, and Cole Haan. It's the perfect excuse to make the journey to Houston Premium Outlets and stock up on summer wardrobe essentials.


Jimmy Choo

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Choo/Instagram

The Jimmy Choo boutique at Houston Premium Outlets includes shoes, bags, stylish eyewear, small leather goods, and other must-have accessories.

Jimmy Choo; Suite 955, near Armani Outlet; Houston Premium Outlets – (Suite 955, near Armani Outlet); 29300 Hempstead Rd. in Cypress.

Houston SPCA's handy guide to weathering hurricane season with your pets

Get Ready

Every year during hurricane season, spare gas tanks are filled, food and water supplies are replenished, and go bags are packed. However, one aspect of storm preparation that shouldn’t be overlooked is your pet’s preparedness. Make sure they’re included in your emergency plans just like your human family members.

Not sure what that entails? Follow this handy guide from Houston SPCA:

1. Never leave your pet behind when evacuating
It’s critical that your pet is prepared to come with you should you need to evacuate during a storm. Don’t wait until it’s time to leave to put your pet in a crate for the first time. Make sure they’re comfortable in a travel carrier every now and then by encouraging them to enter and exit the kennel with plenty of positive reinforcement.

If you know your pet becomes carsick or anxious when traveling and requires medication, be sure to have a current prescription. Administer the medication at least once in advance to know how your pet reacts to it.

2. Ensure a happy reunion
In the event that you and your pet are separated, confirm that they have a properly fitted collar and tag with your current contact information.

Also check that their microchip information is up to date, and that you have a recent photo of yourself with your pet to help prove ownership.

3. Be medically prepared
Obtain vaccination and medical records from your veterinarian. Write down any care or medical instructions as well, and seal this information in a plastic bag with the medications they take.

4. Secure your yard
Walk around your yard to ensure that your fence is secure and there are no weak spots that your pet could escape through if they get spooked. If they wear a tether or use a leash to go outside, test it to confirm it won’t break when pulled.

Dog with first aid kit

Photo courtesy of Houston SPCA

Never evacuate without your pet.

5. Build an emergency kit
Save this disaster checklist to make sure your pet has everything they need before leaving home in an emergency.

Pack the items in a sturdy backpack or duffel bag and have a secure travel carrier in good shape ready to place in the car. Ensure that it fits in advance if you have a large animal.


Follow Houston SPCA on Twitter and set notification for real-time updates in the event of a local disaster.